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3D laser scanner takes surveying to the next level

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BOSCH Munitech’s new Faro S150 Plus scanner – the first of its kind in South Africa – is designed to capture up to two million points per second at a full range of 150m, both indoors and outdoors.

That’s according to Andrew Cruickshank, Operations Director at Bosch Holdings, who said this precision instrument is able to efficiently scan even polished objects, like tanks and pipes, as well as dark objects, which other scanners have difficulties capturing.

“The investment in this terrestrial 3D laser scanner… enhances the group’s geospatial services and this new device is proving to be especially useful during the COVID-19 pandemic, when social distancing is encouraged.”

He added that the new scanner – one of the fastest available – encompasses the latest laser technology, enabling users to accurately survey complex structures, piping, equipment, buildings, bridges and tunnels, in just one site visit, without the need for repeated visits.

“We apply effective Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes, to ensure every engineering project is implemented intelligently, accurately and efficiently. As part of this BIM process, we use in-house 3D laser scanning technology to provide fast and accurate as-built data of existing facilities.

“Through advanced technology and extensive experience in laser scanning and 3D modelling technology, our team of engineering professionals provides architects, engineers and surveyors with critical geospatial information, that meets strict tolerance requirements.”

 Cruickshank said 3D laser scans are used for various engineering design and construction projects, including precise geometrical recording of existing properties, which form the basis for conversions or extensions.

“Laser scanning is also used for the seamless capture and monitoring of construction progress for necessary legal and technical documentation, including the documentation of deformation processes and monitoring of counter-measures. 3D laser technology is useful for precise volume and dimension control of excavations and for façade and free-form component inspections.”

The company also offers clients a critical structural and analysis and maintenance service, by using laser scanning technology for fast and cost-effective control of the specified load-bearing capacity of supporting structures, as well as monitoring wear and tear.

Cruickshank said an important feature of this scanner is that it provides fully automatic on-site registration of the scans, allowing for the site plan to be updated and providing a comprehensive overview from the area scanned. This accurate data is easily converted into intelligent 3D models.

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